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Old 01-03-2011, 01:31 PM   #1
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Arrow Drakes 40 coupe old vs new?

If you have seen Drake's brochure for the new 40 coupe whats

your opinion of it?
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:49 PM   #2
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i saw the car [what was completed at that time] at the L.A.Roadster Show and it looked good. but the problem that i see is that the stamped sheet metal `40 parts that i have ordered from him in the past [headlight buckets and fender braces] were flimsy. i believe the material they were stamped from was a significantly different alloy than what hank used. everything [stamped sheet metal parts] that i bought from Drake was shipped back to him. jmho
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:24 PM   #3
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I have not seen the new 40 in person. I just happen to be ready to install headlight buckets. I have the original assemblies, which I intended to restore and use. However, at the local swap meet last year I found a bunch of Drake parts that were new and unused for a great price. Guy had backed out of a 40 build. In that purchase were two new repo headlight buckets. I just pulled the originals out for comparison, as far as I can tell they are the same thickness of metal. I see nothing "flimsy" about the repro's.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:21 PM   #4
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If the bodies are anything like his 34 running boards, watch out. Will not fit.
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:35 AM   #5
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i saw the 40 at the l.a. show and hershey. not much more done in the 4 mo.s between shows. very impressive though. the body was all mocked up but not welded together. the detail on the floor pans and body panels is closer to original than anything on the market today or yesterday. now if it all fits together properly, [fitting a body together effiently is no small feat either] he will have a real winner. if it doesn`t we will have lots of good parts to restore the original bodys. either way the 40 enthusiast will win
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:56 PM   #6
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Will a stock frame be manufactured? I would be interested if I could purchase a stock frame with the body. Has there been an estimate of the price? I like the 39 deluxe and the forty standard but would settle for a 40 deluxe.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:09 PM   #7
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I also saw the '40 body at Hershey. It is quite a feat of engineering to say the least. I would love to own one! I would not worry about the metal. Bob drake pays better attention to detail and workmanship than most in the business. He would not put his name on it if it were made of inferior metal.
Just wish I could afford one...
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:42 PM   #8
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I bought a '40 lower rear repair panel from Bob Drake for my coupe about 20 years ago. I temporarily "clecoed" it in place but never finished the install as the car became "dormant". The panel fit the trunk good, but not the fenders.

This last year I bought the new panel B.D. had on sale. It is heavier gauge, with better detail, and fit the fenders great, but not the trunk. The car was in a body shop having the fenders straightened, and I asked which panel they would use. They chose the new panel, even though they had to reform the recess to match my trunk. They liked the detail and strength of the new panel, and blamed some of the fit problems on the fact my trunk lid had been hit/damaged years ago, and although visually repaired, could be slightly out of spec.

My point is if the new '40 body is of the same quality as the repair panel, it should be very nice! I have purchased a lot of parts from B.D. over the last 30 years, and know for a fact his parts are the best, for the most part, than anything else on the market.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:59 AM   #9
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read it again Tom! it says "they're NOT crude, hand fabricated sheet metal that's thinner than the originals.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:57 PM   #10
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:44 PM   #11
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I love drake. However, when we toured their facility most of the manufacturing was moving to China. Can anyone verify that the 40's are being produced in the U.S. Because the Chinese production could be the factor leading to the "Thinner material."
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:25 PM   #12
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anyone assembled a drake coupe?
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:55 AM   #13
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I've seen the brochure and his display at Hershey and at the EFV8C/A 2010 WNM in St. George, Utah. All looked good to me. I have to wonder if it was not for Bob Drake who else in today's economy would have taken on a project of this scope and magnitude? If you have any specific questions regarding this project you could always send a pm or email to him since he is a registered Ford Barn member.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:43 PM   #14
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I too agree that the drake 34 boards do not fit. The arc is way off. Did not fit the frame. Other then not fitting they look nice.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:46 PM   #15
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HIs 34 boards did not fit my frame either. I do not get it. Isn't it just as easy to make something right as to make it wrong. Why go to all the expense of making running boards when You plan on not making them correct.
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[QUOTE=jsemple6392;137612] ... He would not put his name on it if it were made of inferior metal.
Really? Must be a different Bob than the one I am thinking about. The one I am thinking about is #1, motivated by profit and #2 motivated by profit.
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:56 AM   #17
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gumpy--- i`m going to the l.a. roadster show this week. will give a up to date report on drakes progress on the 40 coupe.
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:19 PM   #18
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ok---please pm me Barry if you find out anything new....maybe a few photo's if you have time.....thanks Gump
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:20 AM   #19
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... He would not put his name on it if it were made of inferior metal.
Really? Must be a different Bob than the one I am thinking about. The one I am thinking about is #1, motivated by profit and #2 motivated by profit.
KUBE kinda has a way with words, doesn't he? One thing for sure, maybe... I THINK I know how he feels about "THE Bob". DD
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